Q: Are mortgage and refinancing services "law-related services" under ER 5.7?

A: Yes. Read Ethics Op. 06-08.

Medical Malpractice
This is one of those topics that gets people talking. Read what a group of Arizona lawyers in the practice area think. Read more.


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State Bar Introduces The Complete Lawyer
This week, the State Bar launches a new tool to help members in their practice and their lives: The Complete Lawyer. The newest issue focuses on marketing strategies to grow your practice. National experts share their perspectives on how to increase your visibility and attract the clients you want. Read more.

N.Y. Firm Challenges New Attorney Ad Rules
A high-volume New York personal injury law firm and a Washington, D.C., advocacy group are apparently the first to challenge the new attorney advertising restrictions. Read more.

Fast Death-Penalty Trials Urged
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has asked a judge to order public defenders to take more death-penalty cases. Read more.

Baptist Fund Figures Sentenced
Five defendants in the Baptist Foundation of Arizona case were sentenced last week for their parts in the 6-year-old fraud case. Read more.

Economics Report Price Slashed to $75
Order the 2004 Economics of Law Practice Report now for only $75, a savings of $50 off the original price. Limited quantities remain. Order Form.

Superior Court Begins Night and Saturday Hours
To better serve court customers, the Maricopa County Superior Court has moved some proceedings to evening and weekend hours. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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January 30, 2007 – CR 05-0200 – State v. Ross
Did a county Assessor violate the conflict of interest statute (A.R.S. � 38-504(C)) by taking non-confidential taxpayer information for use in a private business venture? Read opinion.

January 31, 2007 – 2 CA-CR 2006-0024 – State v. Rafael Real
Whether the trial court violated the Sixth Amendment's Confrontation Clause, as interpreted in Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36, 124 S. Ct. 1354 (2004), when it permitted a police officer who testified to a complete lack of memory to read from his police report at trial. Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

February 2, 2007 – No. 04-35860 – Northwest Ecosystem Alliance v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serv.
In a case raising questions over the definition of the term "species," agency's denial of a petition to classify western gray squirrels as an endangered "distinct population segment" (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is affirmed as: 1) agency's construction of the term DPS was entitled to Chevron deference; 2) its construction was reasonable; and 3) its decision was not arbitrary or capricious. Read opinion.

February 2, 2007 – No. 05-50876 – United States v. Valle-Montalbo
A violation of California Health & Safety Code section 11378, for possession of a controlled substance for sale, is categorically a "drug trafficking offense" under United States Sentencing Guidelines section 2L1.2(b)(1)(A). Read opinion.

Ethics 911: Inside the Ethics Hotline
Explore hypothetical situations based on the most frequent inquiries to the State Bar ethics hotline at this 3-hour seminar on Friday, Feb. 14. Read more.

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